What does the Bible say about teamwork?
Teamwork is all around us in life. We see it in marriages, businesses, neighborhoods, churches, etc. God loves to see Christians working together submitting to His will. Think of Christianity as your local Walmart. There is one store, but there are many different departments within that store. One department can do things another cannot, but they still have the same goal.
In Christianity there is one body, but there are many different functions. God has blessed us all differently. Some people are preachers, givers, singers, advice givers, prayer warriors, etc.
Some people are bolder, wiser, more confident, and have stronger faith than others. We all have different abilities, but our main goal is God and the advancement of His Kingdom. We fill in for our brothers where they need assistance.
I’ve heard of a time in street preaching when the person with less eloquence and wisdom had to evangelize instead of the wiser and more eloquent person. The reason for this is because the other person was too eloquent and too wise and no one could comprehend what he was saying.
Never think that there is nothing you can do within the body of Christ. It’s amazing to see how God is using the body of Christ. Some people are missionaries, some are street preachers, some people are Christian bloggers, and some are advancing God’s Kingdom on YouTube and Instagram.
We are in 2021. There are a million ways you can benefit the body. We must use the gifts God gave us to benefit each other and we must always remember to love. Love drives unity.
Christian quotes about teamwork
“Teamwork makes the dream work.”
“Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.”
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“Because I had been a basketball player, it never dawned on me to evaluate people on the basis of color. If you could play, you could play. In America it would appear that there is more openness, acceptance, and teamwork in the gym than in the church of Jesus Christ.” Jim Cymbala
“Christians everywhere have undiscovered and unused spiritual gifts. The leader must help bring those gifts into the service of the kingdom, to develop them, to marshal their power. Spirituality alone does not make a leader; natural gifts and those given by God must be there too.” – J. Oswald Sanders
“God cares nothing about our manmade divisions and groups and is not interested in our self-righteous, hair-splitting, and religious, man-made formulas and organizations. He wants you to recognize the unity of the body of Christ.” M.R. DeHaan
“The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The World will go limping until Christ’s prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell.” Charles H. Brent
Inspirational Bible verses to help you work together as a team
1. Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
2. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break.
3. Proverbs 27:17 As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.
4. 3 John 1:8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
5. 1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
6. Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.”
Teamwork as the Body of Christ
There are many people on a team, but there is one group. There are many believers, but there is only one body of Christ.
7. Ephesians 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
8. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ. By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit to drink.
Think about your teammates.
9. Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
10. Romans 12:10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.
11. Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.
Members in a team help their teammates in their weakness.
12. Exodus 4:10-15 But Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant because I am slow and hesitant in speech.” Yahweh said to him, “Who made the human mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, Yahweh? Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say.” Moses said, “Please, Lord, send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses, and He said, “Isn’t Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, he is on his way now to meet you. He will rejoice when he sees you. You will speak with him and tell him what to say. I will help both you and him to speak and will teach you both what to do.
13. Romans 15:1 We who are strong in faith should help the weak with their weaknesses, and not please only ourselves.
Teammates give each other wise advice when they need help.
14. Exodus 18:17-21 But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “This isn’t the right way to do this. It is too much work for you to do alone. You cannot do this job by yourself. It wears you out. And it makes the people tired too. Now, listen to me. Let me give you some advice. And I pray God will be with you. You should continue listening to the problems of the people. And you should continue to speak to God about these things. You should explain God’s laws and teachings to the people. Warn them not to break the laws. Tell them the right way to live and what they should do. But you should also choose some of the people to be judges and leaders. Choose good men you can trust—men who respect God. Choose men who will not change their decisions for money. Make these men rulers over the people. There should be rulers over 1000 people, 100 people, 50 people, and even over ten people.”
15. Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Teammates help in different ways.
God has given us all different talents to advance His Kingdom and help others.
16. Ephesians 4:11-12 And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah.
17. 1 Corinthians 12:7-8 The evidence of the Spirit’s presence is given to each person for the common good of everyone. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. The same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge.
18. 1 Peter 4:8-10 Above all, love each other warmly, because love covers many sins. Welcome each other as guests without complaining. Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.
19. Romans 15:5-6 Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
20. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
21. Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
22. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.
23. John 4:36-38 “Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Examples of teamwork in the Bible
24. 2 Corinthians 1:24 But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.
25. Ezra 3:9-10 The workers at the Temple of God were supervised by Jeshua with his sons and relatives, and Kadmiel and his sons, all descendants of Hodaviah. They were helped in this task by the Levites of the family of Henadad. When the builders completed the foundation of the LORD’s Temple, the priests put on their robes and took their places to blow their trumpets. And the Levites, descendants of Asaph, clashed their cymbals to praise the LORD, just as King David had prescribed.
26. Mark 6:7 And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.
27. Nehemiah 4:19-23 “Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” 21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”
28. Genesis 1:1-3 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light”
29. Exodus 7:1-2 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. 2 You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country.”
30. Genesis 1:26-27 “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”